Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rest in Peace, Pat Harrington, Jr

Actor Pat Harrington, Jr. best known for his portrayal of the snooping superintendent Schneider, has passed away at age 86.

Mr. Harrington was born into a show business family; his father was a well known vaudeville performer. After attending college and serving a stint in the military, Pat headed for Hollywood, where he found steady work in both guest and recurring roles on shows such as Make Room For Daddy, The Bing Crosby Show and McHale's Navy.

He wouldn't find his iconic role until the 1970's however, portraying the nosy Schneider on One Day at a Time. The trailblazing show was one of the first to portray a divorced single mother raising her daughters on her own. Pat's character served as a surrogate father to the Romano family; his seemingly endless snooping was just his way of watching over them.

In recent years, Mr. Harrington mostly worked in guest starring roles, retiring completely after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. After suffering a brain hemorrhage, he passed away peacefully yesterday, no doubt still watching over his real and television families.